Humber Premier League
BRID SPORTS CLUB 3 - 4 POCKLINGTON TOWN
MARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pocklington recorded their second league win of the season at Brid Sports last Saturday but had to dig deep and come from behind after defensive frailties again left them with a lot to do.
With John Heads available again after suspension, but still missing other key players, manager Rich Bower shuffled his starting line-up as Town made a good start to the game on a quality surface.
Early Pock pressure saw them win several corners and, in the fifth minute, Mark Watkinson curled a far post effort wide after picking up a partial clearance on the edge of the area.
Sam Taylor was continuing his recent good form with pacy runs up front and he was played in behind the Brid right back. A mistimed challenge set up a penalty that Watkinson confidently finished, on nine minutes, for the perfect start and Pock continued to dominate the opening exchanges with a Jed Vale header well saved by the Brid keeper as the assistant flagged for offside.
Despite Town showing good attacking play, they were caught out on 17 minutes when the Brid right back made an unchallenged 40-yard run into the Pock half before picking out a forward who had peeled off his defender.
A pinpoint cross was met by a header into the corner to level the game up against the run of play and this spurred the home team on as they dominated the game, with a series of diagonal crossfield passes and runs from midfield causing the Pock defence plenty of problems.
Town conceded a second on 42 minutes with another goal that could have easily been prevented. A Rob Gibson pass was intercepted but the Brid counter was intercepted by Stu Lawson. Unfortunately, his attempted pass went straight to a Brid player and the resulting break set up a well-finished second goal.
Rob Kunkel had to be quick off his line right on half time to smother a close range shot as Brid again threatened and, despite efforts from Vale and Drobac, Pock ended the half a goal down.
A positive half-time team talk set up Town for a good start to the second period. A James Haigh corner on 50 minutes picked out Lawson but his free header went over the crossbar while a Gibson free kick put Haigh clear down the right wing. A well-struck right foot shot just went the wrong side of the post as Town pressed, but it was Brid who extended their lead on the hour when a well-delivered corner beat Town’s marking for a free header from four yards.
Town made changes to get back into the game and a Watkinson header was well tipped over on 64 minutes as Pock upped the tempo. A Heads flick on in the 66th minute sent Lee Drobac clear on goal. His initial shot was parried by the Brid keeper but the follow up was finished from close range to put Pock back in the game with plenty of time left.
As the match went into the final quarter, Pock lived dangerously as they left space behind them trying to get a third and the Pock defence were forced into last ditch challenges as well as being fortunate that other chances went wide.
Haigh saw another shot saved at the near post while a Chris Scott long throw picked out Heads for another free header that went narrowly over. The team continued to show fighting spirit and made it 3-3 on 82 minutes when Drobac set up Scott for a break, through a square Brid defence. Although his shot was also saved by the Brid keeper, the loose ball was again latched on to for the finish and, with Pock now level, they continued to push on for all three points.
A series of long throws and corners peppered the home defence and, with the game in the 93rd minute, a Heads corner was met by a floated Scott header, back across goal and in under the crossbar for the winner.
The quality and spirit of Pock’s performance in the last 20 minutes to come from behind was great to see but they need to address their defensive concerns to reduce the number of goals that they are conceding.
They scored as many goals against Brid as they have in their previous seven games and face a stiff test at home this Saturday in the East Riding Senior cup when they take on Westella & Willerby’s first team.
With their visitors currently at the top of the central Midlands league, Pock start as underdogs and will need to improve on one of their best performances of the season against Brid to prosper.
Players meet at the club at 1pm, please.